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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Jim Maceda
NBC News Correspondent
MSNBCW 08/01/2013
it's breaking news, a big deal. We're talking about six weeks of being locked up pretty much at least in a semi prison-like status at that transit lounge in Sheremetyevo airport. It was confirmed by Snowden's lawyer today, Anatoly Kucherena, that Snowden was issued temporary asylum in Russia for a year. That asylum is renewable year after year indefinitely. It's a big deal because we expected him to get an i.d. card only while he waited for a process that normally would take 3 to 6 months.
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: (my) concerns deal with the oversight of the programs. And the reporting to Congress and to people. In March, we had the Director of National Intelligence come to Congress, to the Senate, to tell us this program did not exist. Yet last week, we had the head of the NSA here lobbying to fund the program. And so what we need is more oversight. They can’t both maintain that the program doesn't exist or tell us lies in Congress, and then ask us to fund them. Specifically what we need is more visibility into the FISA court rulings.
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: We understand the need for secrecy in ongoing investigations, but we need to know how the FISA court is interpreting the laws that Congress has written. We need oversight over that from Congress and we need redacted and declassified versions of those FISA court rulings for the public.
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: Clearly, his (Snowden’s) disclosures have changed the course of human history, really. I think his initial disclosures were a service to our country because now we are having this conversation. And we wouldn't be having this conversation. I can't speak for Mr.. Snowden's actions now, he is basically a person looking out for his own life at this point, but
Thomas Massie
U.S. Representative, R-Kentucy, co-sponsor Amash Amendment
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Massie: What he (Snowden) did initially was a service to our country. We need to facilitate a way for whistleblowers to do that in a better fashion. I don't think our current whistleblower laws would have provided for him to do what he’s done in a better fashion, so I would like to see some reform there as well.
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, Judiciary Ranking Member
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Goodman: Do you think NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden did the right thing? Conyers: Well, i think he was overzealous and probably didn't -- he has clearly broken some laws for which they now, the government wants to prosecute him for, but inadvertently, he’s revealed to us a whole area of secrecy
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, Judiciary Ranking Member
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Conyers continued: and activity with telephone collections and other things that are now being revealed that would not have been revealed otherwise. Massie: Can I just add that some people say he should have gone to a Congressman with this information. But there actually probably are 20 or 30 Congressmen that already knew about this program and if he had went to them, i think we would not be having this discussion and he may already be in jail without the disclosure happening.
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, Judiciary Ranking Member
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Goodman: defeat this and yet, it was so close (Amash amendment in the House). Conyers: it was seven votes would have made the difference. To be honest, we did not know we were that close to victory. Out a "dear colleague" letters urging that the amendment be supported and they were panicked by it. It was a signal that even in
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, Judiciary Ranking Member
LINKTV 08/02/2013
...the partisanship that goes on too much around here, that there are people willing to say enough is enough, the law isn't, the Patriot Act isn't being followed. I didn't support the Patriot Act, but the Patriot Act would have gone down if we had known this was going to be part of its program.
Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
LINKTV 08/02/2013
Video from Aspen Security Forum: Williams: One other question about privacy, and read your statement from a former NSA employee named William Binney who recently told a hackers conference the NSA is putting together dossiers on every US citizen, listing who we have relations with, what our activities are. Is there any truth to that and why do stories like this persist that you are spying on all of us? Alexander: First of all It’s not true.,
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